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Tony Scott Death Report

Sleeping Med and Anti-Depressant

10/22/2012 4:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

"Top Gun" director Tony Scott had multiple prescription drugs in his system when he lept off an L.A. bridge to his death ... including a sleeping aid and an anti-depressant.

According to the L.A. County coroner's office ... the toxicology tests showed Scott had therapeutic levels of Lunesta and the anti-depressant Mirtazapine in his system at the time of his death.

We broke the story ... Scott -- who directed a slew of Hollywood classics -- died on August 19 after jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro.


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Mirtazapine has been linked with suicide for years. This FDA warning is from 2005

698 days ago


All medications, prescription and over the counter can have side effects that are worse than the symptoms. With anti-depressants they have to be careful because the people seeking treatment already have depression and many times suicidal thoughts. The warnings have to be clear, but in most cases the medications, if taken properly can actually help with depression as it is an imbalance in the brain. But there is no magic pill that can make a person want to live if they no longer want to. People just want to blame something other than accept that sometimes life is just too much for some people to deal with.
Severe depression is a real issue and many people suffer from it and it is not something that should be taken lightly or dismissed. The ignorance of some of these comments is mind blowing.

698 days ago

Jay W.     

Depression sucks !! RIP Mr. Scott.

698 days ago


Very sad.
People who take antidepressants are, well, depressed. Depressed people sometimes take their own life.
Sleeping meds affect different people differently. While most just get a good night's sleep, some people "sleepwalk" - they get up and do things while still asleep but do not remember them in the morning.
Depression and sleep disorders often occur together.

698 days ago

Diamond Goddess!    

Figured he was on some anti-ds.
Still want to know the whole story.
The guy had kids!

698 days ago


TMZ, this article explains nothing. Theraputic levels of two drugs means they were taken as prescribed. That's the good news.There's no need to demonize prescription drugs. They have helped many, many people. It's those who abuse prescription drugs who cloud that fact, and make it more difficult for those who take the drugs(s) as they are intended to be taken. I don't know what happened to Mr Scott to cause his actions, and we may never know. But guessing and demonizing aren't the answer.

698 days ago

just because    

stop feeing in to the propoganda....yeah you stated facts but does not mean that is why he jumped.,,,.,.,,.

698 days ago

just because    

just like there is NO REASON why that bath salt banker got that ****ed up

698 days ago

just because    

disappointed in tmz

697 days ago


Total shame. Goes to prove "Money can't buy you happiness." Too bad he couldn't have found a better way.

697 days ago


Sad to read. I guess it goes to prove the saying - money can't buy you happiness- Shame he couldn't find another way.

697 days ago


I would like to point out that sometimes anti-depressants like Mirtazapine &/or Trazadone are prescribed along with sleep aids like Lunesta & Ambien to help the sleep aids work better.

When my husband was going through chemo the combo of Mirtazapine & Ambien were the only things that helped him sleep.

697 days ago


So sad!

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